I watched Youth in Revolt recently and I left the theater not really sure what I thought of the movie. I liked it, it was funny but I didn’t really laugh all that much. The dialogue and characters were extremely witty though and the acting was great.
The plot is about Nick, a 16-year-old male virgin (Michael Cera) who meets a girl named Sheeni (Portia Doubleday) and tries desperately to lose it to her. She’s very intelligent and wants to fall in love with a French man who will sweep her away. Her parents are really strict and that makes it hard for Nick to woo Sheeni. Nick is very shy and in order to get more aggressive he creates another persona, Francois Dillinger. Drama ensues with police chases, fires and sneaking into French boarding schools.
There were a lot of well-known actors in this movie, as well as some new faces. Cera of course is well known because of Juno, Superbad, and “Arrested Development.” Steve Buscemi (Reservior Dogs, Ghost World, and Fargo) plays Cera’s dad, and it was great to see him. Ray Liotta, Justin Long and Zach Galifianakis portrayed great supporting characters. They were all pretty funny. The star of the movie was most definitely upcomer Portia Doubleday. She’s a great actress and I personally loved all of her character’s clothes.
Overall the movie doesn’t have much depth and isn’t a thinking movie, but it’s cute and fun.